Stone Johnson

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Stone Johnson
No. 33
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: April 26, 1940
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Date of death: September 8, 1963(1963-09-08) (aged 23)
Career information
College: Grambling State
AFL draft: 1963 / Round: 14 / Pick: 105
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards

Stone Edward Johnson (April 26, 1940 — September 8, 1963) was an Olympic sprinting athlete and American football kick returner and running back for the Kansas City Chiefs.

On August 30, 1963, the rookie Johnson, a 200m track finalist in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck in a preseason game against the Houston Oilers in Wichita, Kansas during a kickoff return. He died 10 days later, on September 8 at the age of 23.[1] Although he was only on the team's active roster during preseason, his jersey number 33 was retired.[2][3]

See also


  1. Stone Johnson dies of broken neck
  2. "Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame". Kansas City Chiefs. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  3. "Chiefs History: 1960's". Kansas City Chiefs. Retrieved 2011-06-28.

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